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MANILA, Philippines–The House of Representatives will open an inquiry into the perceived failure of the Supreme Court to curb corruption in the judiciary, which a lawmaker claims goes “all the way to the top.” The House committee on justice will call hearings on the issue next month. Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, the justice committee […]
MANILA, Philippines–Would the continued refusal of the country’s biggest rebel group to surrender its fighters involved in the Jan. 25 Mamasapano massacre affect the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is pending in Congress? Two senators gave opposing views when asked to comment on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) declaration that it would not […]
MANILA, Philippines–The Supreme Court has cleared three Court of Appeals justices accused of inordinate delay in the resolution of a petition for review that the litigants had filed in a property dispute. Voting 14-0, the high court, in a resolution released April 14, said that Justices Celia Librea-Leagogo, Elihu Ybañez and Amy Lazaro-Javier of the […]
MANILA, Philippines–President Aquino is likely to appoint new heads at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Commission on Audit (COA) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) next week, or just before Congress resumes its session on May 4, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Sunday. Drilon said this was to ensure the appointees would be able to […]
MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has earmarked more than P547 million this year for livelihood projects for thousands of families who were affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Leyte in November 2013. The allocation, under the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), will benefit 90,078 families. “The DSWD will continue to support the […]
One of the most consequential cases pending before the Supreme Court today involves a fundamental question: Is the government, as reconstituted by the 1987 Constitution, serious about the campaign against corruption? In the same way that the Supreme Court itself was reinvented in a direct response to the Marcos dictatorship’s cooptation of the judiciary (hence, […]
Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia was a member of Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) at Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City. A few months before graduation in November 2013, Cudia was reported to the Honor Committee (HC) for violation of the Honor Code. The report stated “. […]
One night recently there was an authoritative pounding on the door of our office in Tacloban City. Everyone else was sleeping, so I went down to see who it was. There was more pounding before I got to the door—someone was in a big hurry. When I opened the door I found a thin old […]
In a surprise move, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas stunned the ruling Liberal Party (LP) last Friday when he told Senate President Franklin Drilon, a fellow West Visayan (of the vote-rich Ilonggo bloc), that he is running for president in next year’s elections. Drilon announced Roxas’ plans in an interview on Radyo Inquirer. “As of now,” […]
Practically every local government unit in the country now thinks of tourism as part of its future” is the winning thought expressed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez in the course of discussing “Visit the Philippines Year” (VPY) 2015. He is upbeat about this year’s prospects given how the idea of tourism has been accepted, indeed […]
(First of 2 parts) AT AROUND 6 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2014, some 100 armed men on board five motorized outrigger canoes approached the Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. at the Manila South Harbor from the sea and opened fire on the port facility’s security personnel. The seaborne assault was repelled in the ensuing firefight […]
THE BASES Conversion and Development Authority on Friday slammed the decision of the Supreme Court to subject the 33.1-hectare Bonifacio South Pointe to a Swiss challenge, pointing out that the move “prioritized the commercial interest of SM Land Inc. instead of the lives and welfare of the soldiers of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).” […]
AS THE economy continues to grow and incomes rise, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) wants to improve the collection of what it calls “wealth-related taxes,” such as those slapped on properties. In a presentation during the recent Sixth International Monetary Fund-Japan High-Level Tax Conference for Asian Countries held in Tokyo, Japan, Revenue Commissioner Kim […]
Oscar Lopez, Lopez Group chair, delivers speech that urges new graduates to “change the world.”
Reading Inquirer’s food page last Thursday, I noticed that 70 percent of the articles were on Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM). April has become one huge fiesta with events promoting Spanish food in various restaurants and malls. (For skeds, see margauxlicious.com or the Lifestyle Guide to Madrid Fusion Manila by Raoul Chee Kee at http://lifesty le.inquirer.net/190580/lifestyle-guide-to-madrid-fusion-manila-a-fiesta-like-no-other.) […]
HOLLYWOOD — After going against Manny Pacquiao the last time out, Sylvester Stallone has learned his lesson and is now siding with the Filipino icon.
Best remembered for his mega-hit Rocky series, the legendary Stallone visited Pacquiao on his training at Wild Card Gym Saturday afternoon.
HOLLYWOOD—Everytime he runs, trains and spars, Manny Pacquiao has Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his mind.
It’s the reason why Pacquiao ignores pain and fatigue and draws from his inner reserves whenever he feels like giving up on his quest for the unified world welterweight crown.
HOLLYWOOD—It was way back in 1998 when the paths of Manny Pacquiao and Manny Melchor first crossed in Angeles City.
They sparred with each other upon the prodding of American trainer Rick Stahaley and they became close instantly.
LOS ANGELES—The lawns are well manicured but the community is neither gated nor affluent. Very few other celebrities are known to live in this neighborhood, which is just off the more upscale Hancock Park, but there’s no mistaking who lives in one of the few gated houses around. The neighbors are used to living next […]
HOLLYWOOD—Buboy Fernandez heaved a sigh of relief when he looked at the time on the stopwatch at the end of Manny Pacquiao’s Griffith Park run Friday. Now, he’s certain that Pacquiao is just where he needs to be at this stage of his training for the Fight of the Century against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on […]
I had just started commuting in Metro Manila when, like a bad dream, I found myself naked on the Light Rail Transit (LRT). It was a Friday, payday. I wanted to meet friends at Greenbelt for drinks around 6 p.m. The traffic was already at a standstill, so a taxi from Malate to Makati was […]
First of two parts Dahlings, do people have to be reminded that formal events call for proper decorum? Apparently yes, because sometimes, things just don’t fall into place. At the recent annual Philippine Tatler Ball, in which all proceeds go to the Virlanie Foundation, a major social faux pas was committed at one table. Seated […]
ALESSANDRO Herbosa, popularly known as Renzo, rests his foot on a soccer ball as he tries to catch his breath while strenuously training for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) league. Sporting the emblem of La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) on his shirt, he takes full pride in representing his school in tournaments. The Lasallian […]
30-strong stellar cast? Check. Powerhouse creative team? Check. ‘After this, wala na kaming career; wala nang musical,’ quips composer/lyricist Vince de Jesus
HATS OFF! Welcome to the world of twentysomethings, and the shaky transitions in your life. After 16 to 18 years of studying, you finally got your game face on to conquer the real world. But what really awaits you after graduation? You’re a fresh graduate, so idealistic. You’re full of enthusiasm and want to pursue […]
BOCAUE, BULACAN—“This is a reserved-seating concert; please check your tickets for the assigned seats. We will not start the show until everyone settles down,” a female voice blared from the speakers as throngs of giddy fans scurried around the stands of the colossal Philippine Arena hoping to find unoccupied areas that offered a better view […]
Ai-Ai de las Alas was a little late for her recent press conference. Her driver, perhaps out of habit, had driven her to Mother Ignacia Avenue instead of Timog. “I told him, ‘Oh no, I don’t work there anymore,’” related the actress, drawing laughs. After 14 years with ABS-CBN, Ai-Ai has returned to GMA 7—her […]
“There are many ways to make a movie on a limited budget without compromising the filmmaker’s vision,” said Brillante Ma. Mendoza, award-winning independent director. Mendoza has a string of award-winning movies under his belt, most notably “Kinatay,” which won for him the best director award at the prestigious 2009 Cannes International Film Festival in France. […]
Actor Gerald Anderson last week confirmed his breakup with girlfriend Maja Salvador, and asked the media to “respect our privacy and let us recover first.” “What we’re going through is no joke,” Gerald pointed out. “Yes, we’re taking a break from our relationship, but we’re okay. We’re on very good terms.” Gerald and Maja were […]
Admired Personality and Dogged Supporter were once inseparable, with DS following AP around like a lovelorn puppy. Without warning, DS vanished. Actually, the more accurate term would be “was banished.” AP discovered that DS had been less than honest in money matters. DS could not explain a number of discrepancies in AP’s finance records. Worse, […]